I have spent the last 15 years working as a documentary director and producer for Channel 4, ITV and Discovery in the UK. My work has taken me around the world, looking at subjects as varied as environmental sustainability, schools admissions, mahatma gandhi and 9/11.
Since my teenage years I’ve been an avid reader of crime novels and always gravitate to crime drama on TV. Recent favourites include The American version of The Bridge, Thorne: Sleepyhead, BBC2’s superb Line of Duty and, of course, Broadchurch on ITV.
Among my favourite writers are RJ Ellory, Mario Vargas Llosa, William Boyd, Michael Connelly, Ian Rankin, Dennis Lehane, John le Carre, James Ellroy and Patricia Highsmith. I’ve also just discovered Greg Iles so 2015 might be the year of Southern Gothic. I’m currently reading the much lauded The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin and thoroughly enjoying it.
I was inspired to write ‘The Few’ after my work took me to Rome in 2008. I’m intrigued by the dark ambiguities of Italian society and believe the eternal city to be one of the most fascinating places I’ve visited.
Since having my first child, I’m doing a lot more writing than documentary making. I enjoy the freedom it gives you and relish being able to create my own dialogue after so many years working with the thoughts of others.
I’m hoping to be doing a lot more writing in the future. I’m far from done with Scamarcio and the third book in the series is due out next year.